Over 3,000 archers from the United States and Canada will converge in St. Louis, Missouri on June 29th and 30th for the 2013 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) World Championship. The event will take place at the America Center and Edward Jones Dome. The event is co-hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). They will be providing the majority of the volunteer staff needed to make this event possible.
There are eight competitive flights scheduled for Saturday and five on Sunday. The first competitive flight will begin at 8:15am on Saturday with Sunday flights scheduled from 8:15am – 2:15pm and the award ceremony scheduled to begin at 3:00pm. For a complete tournament schedule visit www.nasparchery.com
The NASP® World Championship was moved to St. Louis this year from Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, where it has been held for the past four years. The highest previous participation for the NASP Worlds was 1,243 archers in 2012. St. Louis is centrally located and reduces overall expenses for teams and families. The move to St. Louis enabled us to schedule the event during the summer rather than the beginning of the following school year. We have also implemented stringent qualification standards and required participants to qualify through participation in their country’s national tournament. By making these changes we have made the NASP World Championship a more elite event. There is little doubt these are among the reasons this year’s registration numbers are nearly triple our highest previous year.
The 3,045 archers registered for the 5th NASP World Championship are from 23 different states, Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada. There are 1,327 girls and 1,718 boys registered to participate in this event.
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